Pani Keke Samoa

Fun round banana pancakes
Makes about 30 pancakes


  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 ¼ Cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ Cups Water

  • Abt. 3 ½ Cups Vegetable oil (shortening is fine) for frying.

Mash the two bananas.  (Using your hands, to mash the bananas, is best because the banana sticks to other utensils and you end up wasting the banana when you clean up.)  

Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Combine dry ingredients with the banana mush and fold the mixture (don’t mix or use a mixer).  Add the water to make the folding easier until there are no more ingredients that are dry.

Heat oil on the stove in a small sauce pan (2 qt. pot) that can fit six to eight egg-sized pancakes and is deep enough to cover the pancakes in oil.  (Use medium heating **do not burn the oil**)

Add the mixture with a greased spoon when the oil is hot.  Cook six to eight egg-sized pancakes at a time.  Remove from oil when dark brown.  Place on a paper towel and eat when you can stand the heat. (Careful Very Hot!!)

Hint: When the oil is ready, grease the spoon (dip your spoon in the hot grease so the mixture doesn’t stick as you are dropping it in the oil) and drop a small test pancake, about the size of a cockroach (Samoan cockroach not a US cockroach), in the mixture.  If the pancake pops up to the top of the oil immediately the oil is hot enough and ready.  However, if the pancake turns brown to fast, your oil is probably too hot.  

Temp:  Try setting your stove dial to 6 or 5 O’clock.